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How does it affect people with chronic conditions?

We now know that older people, those with cancer or underlying medical problems or chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, TB, are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection and of becoming seriously ill if they do contract it.

How does it affect people

with chronic conditions?

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We now know that older people, those with cancer or underlying medical problems or chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, TB, are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection and of becoming seriously ill if they do contract it.

Why people with chronic conditions

should be more vigilant about prevention

People with chronic conditions suffer from a weaker immune system. This means that they are at higher risk of being infected with the Coronavirus and if this happens, they are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill.

People with chronic conditions who are not on treatment or who are not adhering to their treatment are also at greater risk of contracting the virus. For this reason it, all such patients should ensure that their condition is well managed and that they adhere to their treatment.

Why people with

chronic conditions

should be more

vigilant about prevention

Why people with chronic conditions should be more vigilant about prevention Get Checked Go Collect

People with chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and TB suffer from a weaker immune system. This means that they are at higher risk of being infected with the Coronavirus and if this happens, they are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill.

People with chronic conditions who are not on treatment or who are not adhering to their treatment are also at greater risk of contracting the virus. For this reason it, all such patients should ensure that their condition is well managed and that they adhere to their treatment.

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19

A few simple lifestyle changes can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep at a distance from others at home.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

How to prevent the

spread of COVID-19

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Get Checked Go Collect

A few simple lifestyle changes can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-sanitiser.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay at home when you are sick and try and keep at a distance from others at home.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

With support from the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the National Department of Health.

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